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How to Note: Violence against Women and Girls Chase Guidance Note 3 – Guidance on Monitoring and Evaluation for Programming on Violence against Women and Girls

By: Gender and Development Network, DFID

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is the most widespread form of abuse worldwide, affecting one third of all women in their lifetime. Addressing violence against women and girls is a central development goal in its own right, and key to achieving other development outcomes for individual women, their families, communities and nations. DFID’s Business Plan (2011-2015) identifies tackling violence against women and girls as a priority and commits DFID to pilot new and innovative approaches to prevent it.

This guidance gives an overview of the different approaches and methods within the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) toolbox and assesses their strengths and weaknesses in relation to programming on Violence against Women and Girls. It is intended to provide insights on some of the common questions and challenges faced by country programmes in designing and managing, implementing, monitoring and evaluation across a range of different types of Violence against Women and Girls programming. It sets out the rationale, challenges and some practical suggestions and ideas for measuring and evaluating the impact of VAWG programmes. It is to be read in conjunction with the VAWG Guidance Note 1: Theory of Change on Tackling Violence against Women and Girls (ToC), see diagram on page 2, and VAWG Guidance Note 2: A Practical Guide to Community Programming on VAWG.

By assessing impact and results we have an opportunity to build a critical evidence base and to learn how change happens, contributing to overall efforts to prevent Violence against Women and Girls. This guidance will take you through four stages of M&E for VAWG programmes. It has been designed to allow readers to jump directly to sections of key interest, and can be read in parts or as a whole.